A class on the subject of commentary, led by Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College), organized by The Public School New York, and hosted by Observatory and The Hollow Earth Society. http://nyc.thepublicschool.org/class/3268 http://observatoryroom.org/2011/04/09/para-academia-session-1/ Topics: commentary, para-academia, theory-fiction
The third session of the Public School New York's Para-Academia & Theory Fiction series explored Nabokov, Coincidence and Otherwordliness. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977) is perhaps most famous for Lolita and Pale Fire, novels of startling linguistic and literary playfulness. But as his wife, Vera, wrote in a foreword to a collection of his poetry in 1979, the true watermark of Nabokov's work is the concept of "potustoronnost" or otherwordliness. Though much of... Topics: Nabokov, para-academia, theory-fiction
The second session of the Public School New York's Para-Academia & Theory Fiction series considered links between two highly disparate authors whose work during the 1920s and 30s concerned, among other things, the unspeakable, the limits of philosophy, heterology (study of extreme "Otherness"), and cosmic terror. Though they were on different planets politically, French anti-philosopher Georges Bataille and American horror luminary Howard Phillips Lovecraft shared a common concern... Topics: Bataille, Lovecraft, para-academia, theory-fiction
The fourth session of the Public School New York's Para-Academia & Theory Fiction explores the Geo-philosophical earth as theory-fictional node for explaining a cosmicism/universalism in which the outside is continuously advancing upon all purportedly firm grounds and solid bodies. Weirdness, as in the weird of weird fiction and the darkness of dark romanticism and the crumble of the gothic, is explored as the intrusion of the non-local upon the local, arguing that all stability is in fact... Topics: Ben Woodard, Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia, para-academia, theory-fiction
Hollow Earth Society's performance, "Beyond U: The Organism That Therefore the Academy Is," at the symposium, "Critical/Liberal/Arts 2" @The Graduate Center, CUNY on September 27, 2013, co-sponsored by the BABEL Working Group, punctum books, and the Medieval Studies Certificate Program + the PhD Program in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Topics: para-academia, MOOCs, slime mold, actor-networks, speculative realism, culinary eliminativism
Episode of Ben Watson's weekly show "Late Lunch With Out To Lunch" originally broadcast live on Resonance Radio (www.resonancefm.com) with guest Esther Leslie talking about a recent visit to San Francisco to see Scott Thompson and Retort, the Bay Area Situationists; plus some local funk. Topics: Audio Esemplasm, Ben Watson, Late Lunch With Out To Lunch, Resonance, Esther Leslie, Scott...